Year of construcion: 1970
Kilometers: 97.800 km
Interior: leather red
Special features: Radio Becker Europe, leather interior, Hardtop
The W 113 is a two-seater convertible with a retractable roof from Mercedes-Benz, which was launched in March 1963 at the Geneva Motor Show. It also replaced the 190 SL and 300 SL models. It was nicknamed Pagoda for its optional concave hardtops.
It was manufactured a total of 48,912 times as the 230 SL (1963-1967), 250 SL (1967) and 280 SL (1968-1971) models, with the option of manual or automatic transmission. The W 113 marked the transition from the rounded shape of the previous model to a very pragmatic style. The goal of this design development was to set it apart from its predecessor and aspire to a ‘masculine’ appearance. Smooth surfaces, plenty of usable space and the absence of decorative elements are what make the Pagoda SL stand out. The main sales market was the USA, with the majority of the vehicles going to California. When production, marked by a large number of intermittent mechanical changes, was ended on 23 February 1971, more than half of the vehicles had been sold outside of Germany, particularly in the USA. On 1 January 2012, 4,245 of the three-model series were still registered in Germany. The considerable number of deregistered SL vehicles in the process of restoration or waiting to be restored was not included. SLs from this series are only scrapped very seldom, even if they are in a terrible condition (due to an accident, corrosion, defective mechanics, etc.). What’s more, the modular system simplifies the installation of the largely identical (except for the engine of the 230 SL) and readily available mechanics of the limousines following complete, costly repair of the bodywork.
This 280 SL Pagoda is a German vehicle in a condition that is hard to find nowadays. The original interior gives the vehicle an incredible patina appearance. It has only been repainted over the years.
Its mileage of just 97,800 km is fully documented in the service booklet. The vehicle has matching numbers, highlighting its original condition from a technological standpoint. The Pagoda was owned by a vegetable wholesaler from Tübingen from 1977 until 2015. This is also recorded on the available registration document.